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Occupational Safety and Health Major


Provides students with an introduction to this profession and equips them with the knowledge and skills to function effectively in the health and safety industry.

Students undertaking this major as part of the Bachelor of Health Science should select a second major in Environmental Management, Health Promotion, Addiction Studies or Nutrition.



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

Professional Recognition


Students can apply for membership with Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. Graduates are eligible for membership with Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

Graduates of K97 will be eligible to apply for our graduate level of membership Grad IOSH. They will then be required to undertake a period of Initial Professional Development which will require students to provide evidence of their practice skills in a skills development portfolio (IPD), at the end of this period there will be a professional review interview. After successful completion of this IPD process students will then be eligible for the chartered membership of IOSH (CMIOSH).

Students can apply for membership with Safety Institute of Australia (SIA).

Students can apply for membership with Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH).

Students can either join as a Student member or an Associate Member.



Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
HST1154Occupational Health and Safety Law15
HST1152Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety15
SCC1123Chemistry for the Life Sciences15
HST2256Occupational Hygiene15
HST2145Risk Management15
HST3358Ergonomics and Work Design15
HST3503Workplace Compensation and Injury Management15
HST3357Occupational Safety and Health Management15

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical occupational health and Safety (OHS)/ workplace health and safety (WHS) situations.
  2. Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  3. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.
  4. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate OHS/WHS specific solutions/responses.
  5. Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex OHS/WHS problems.
  6. Use digital technologies and literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

This major is aimed at those who wish to work as OSH practitioners in a range of industries such as the manufacturing, mining or resources.

Possible future job titles

Occupational Safety and Health Manager, Occupational Hygiene Technician, Workers Compensation Administrator, Rehabilitation Officer, Risk Manager, Community Health Officer

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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